Honda WR-V launched at prices starting from Rs. 7.55 lakh
Honda has finally launched its first compact crossover – the WR-V in India at prices starting from Rs. 7.55 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The WR-V is Honda’s answer to the rising craze of compact crossovers and cross hatches in the Indian market. It will be competing against a wide range of products, including the i20 Activ, Cross Polo, Liva Cross, Maruti Vitara Brezza and the Ford EcoSport.
The WR-V is essentially a Jazz that is on steroids! However, Honda designers have indeed done some significant changes on the crossover to differentiate it from its hatchback source. These changes, especially at the front, successfully manage to enhance the WR-V’s stance and road presence. Park the WR-V alongside the i20 Activ and Polo Cross, and it becomes apparent that the Honda car has the most crossover character cues.
While the overall package indeed is enticing, the engine options sort of spoil the game, especially for people who are concerned about what powers their cars. A vehicle that starts at a whopping price of Rs. 7.55 lakh and goes on the Rs. 8.99 lakh should never be equipped with an engine that is found on B-segment hatchbacks. But, strangely enough, the WR-V gets the same 1.2-litre petrol engine that is found on the Brio, which is actually half of its price!
Nevertheless, the WR-V is an important launch, for Honda as well as for customers who are looking for crossover cars in India. So, let’s take an in-depth look on the car.
Honda WR-V Price in India
|S MT Petrol||Rs. 7.75 lakh|
|VX MT Petrol||Rs. 8.99 lakh|
|S MT Diesel||Rs. 8.79 lakh|
|VX MT Diesel||Rs. 9.99 lakh|
Honda WR-V specifications
The WR-V is available with a petrol and a diesel engine option, both of which are offered only with a 5-speed manual transmission. The petrol displaced 1.2-litre, while the diesel is of 1.5-litre capacity. Presence of an automatic with the petrol model is shocking since Honda does offer a brilliant CVT with paddle shifters with the same engine on the Jazz, which is essentially the same car, minus some millimeters from the ground clearance and black body cladding.
|Petrol||1.2-litre i-VTEC Petrol|
|Maximum Power||89 bhp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||110 Nm @ 4,500 rpm|
|Diesel||1.5-litre i-DTEC Diesel|
|Maximum Power||99 bhp @ 3,600 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||200 Nm @ 1,750 rpm|
Honda WR-V Mileage
Honda is boasting big about the mileage of the Honda WR-V diesel, which is rated at a segment-best figure of 25.5 km/l. On the other hand, the petrol model gets an average figure of 17.5 km/l, thanks to the heavier weight of the vehicle and smaller engine that needs to be strained to get going.
Honda WR-V Variant-wise features
Honda WR-V S variant
- LED daytime running lights
- Audio system with Bluetooth
- Steering mounted controls
- Manual AC controls
- Central locking
- Height-adjustable driver seat
- Electronically adjustable & foldable ORVMs
- Tilt & telescopic adjustable steering
Honda WR-V VX variant
- Electric sunroof
- 16-inch diamond cut alloys
- Rear wash & wipe with defogger
- 0-inch Digipad touchscreen infotainment system
- Reverse camera
- MirrorLink Connectivity
- HDMI port
- Push Button Start/Stop (Diesel only)
- Cruise Control (Diesel Only)
Honda WRV Images
Honda WR-V dimensions
The fact that the WR-V dimensions are different from that of the Jazz clearly indicates the extent to which Honda designers have gone to differentiate the two cars. The crossover is 44 mm longer, 40 mm wider and 57 mm taller than its hatch sibling. Even the wheelbase has been stretched by 25 mm, while the ground clearance gets a 23 mm increment.
|Ground Clearance||188 mm|
Honda WR-V Exteriors
The WR-V gets some comprehensive cosmetic updates at the front, including a new face that is characterized by a wider grille with Honda’s characteristic chrome bar in the middle. The headlights are all-new units and house LED DRLs on all variants. The front bumper is beefier than that of the Jazz, and gets some sharper lines. The lower part of the front and rear bumpers get black plastic cladding and a faux silver skid plate.
The side profile reveals an identical silhouette, door panels and window area. This makes it look similar to the Jazz. However, there are a few design elements here as well, including beefed up wheel arches with black body cladding, larger 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, a raised ride height and more prominent silver roof rails. The rear end gets new split-section taillamps, a larger tailgate with the number plate housing moved downwards and a new bumper.
Honda WR-V Interiors
The dashboard of the WR-V is a straight lift from the Jazz. It gets the same all-black layout with a driver-inclined centre console. The automatic AC controls get touch-sensitive interface, while the steering wheel and instrument cluster are also identical to the hatch. However, the WR-V gets a new 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with MirrorLink, a new driver armrest and new seat upholstery. At the back, the overall layout is same but there is a blundering omission – the WR-V doesn’t get magic seats. Heck, it doesn’t even have a 60:40 split on the top-end model, which will be costing over 10.5 lakh on-road in Delhi.
Honda WR-V Competitors
- Hyundai i20 Activ
- Volkswagen Cross Polo
- Toyota Liva Cross
- Maruti Vitara Brezza
- Ford EcoSport